Texas State Attorney General has helped keep Christmas in schools.
A staffer at the Patterson Middle School in Texas, Dedra Shannon, was told she had to remove a poster depicting a scene from the cherished holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The poster featured Linus with the usual scrawny tree and recitation of the true meaning of Christmas. It read,
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
The children and staff loved the poster but a few days later Shannon was told by the principal to take it down or remove all religious references.
Shannon said she wasn’t going to leave the poster up without the beautiful words that went with it, so she removed it under protest. However, it seems the grinch of a principal was in violation of the law.
Fox reported that as it turns out that there is a 2013 law in Texas, which just happened to have also been voted for and passed by none other than former Legislator, and now Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton.
The law was aptly named the “Merry Christmas” law and it clearly stipulates no school official in Texas can silence a Biblical reference to Christmas.
Attorney General Paxton wrote, “I am proud to have voted for the Merry Christmas law in 2013, when I was a member of the legislature. We passed that law precisely because of this type of discrimination against people of faith.”
State Attorney General Paxton was more than a little upset about the unfortunate encounter with Shannon and the principal at the Patterson Middle School.
“This is an attack on religious liberty and a violation of the First Amendment and state law,” he said. “I am calling on the school board of the Killeen ISD to immediately reverse their unlawful decision.”
Terry Delano, president of the school district’s board of trustees said this same school district voted to change the term “Christmas break” to “Winter break” and demanded that the board cease saying a prayer before meetings.
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